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Ms. F. M. Stygall

Preston, Lancs, UK
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  • Slade House

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' ( Independent). Walk down narrow, clammy Slade Alley. Open the black iron door in the right-hand wall. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't exactly make sense. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Too late, you find you can't....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classy Supernatural Tale

  • By Simon on 03-11-15

Gripping and twisty

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Lovely flexible, interesting narration of a good solid story, with Mitchell’s characteristic multiple viewpoints.
I loved the ending but it holds much more meaning if you have read his other books.
Really sparkling and properly scary - I would listen to the whole thing again!

  • Sal

  • By: Mick Kitson
  • Narrated by: Sharon Rooney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

This is a story of something like survival. Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using credit cards she'd robbed. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos. And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written & read

  • By Joanne on 27-06-18

Troubling, charming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-19

Beautifully narrated, this tough, savagely sharp story gives voice and hope to girls. Abandoned by the people who should help, Sal sets out to be her sister’s saviour. She is such a likeable character: savvy, intelligent, unforgiving but maternal.
The landscapes, life and hopes of these brilliant characters weave in adults as unreliable as the weather, and pull together a story of hope and self-reliance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Strange Sight

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

The La Fleur restaurant has a slew of unusual phenomena. Bonnet-clad apparitions pass through walls, blood leaks from ceilings and rats besiege the dining room. Experts from the Great Essex Witch Museum are called in to quell these strange sights. But before Rosie Strange and Sam Stone can do their thing, events turn darker. For La Fleur's chef has been strung up and slaughtered like a pig. More oddly, the only witness, the owner's daughter Mary, swears blind a ghost did it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Fran Pearce on 31-01-18

Diverting & irresistible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Brilliant narration of a fun, twisting mystery. I really fell for Moore’s protagonists in the first book, and the second one is even better!

I listen to audiobooks while driving, and have genuinely sat outside my home just enjoying an extra few minutes before I switch it off. Really addictive & unguessable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful